10 hours | 10 CEs
This on-demand professional training program on Cultural Considerations in Forensic Assessment is presented by Barry Rosenfeld, PhD, ABPP. This badge-earning program can be shared digitally on platforms like LinkedIn or your resume and counts towards various certificates. Enroll to earn credit and share your new digital credentials with prospective employers and colleagues. This program counts as a foundational program in the certificates:
- Criminal Forensic Assessment Certificate
- Child Custody Evaluation Certificate
- Civil Forensic Assessment Certificate
- Juvenile Forensic Assessment Certificate
- Violence Risk Assessment Certificate
This program covers a range of issues related to the forensic assessment of individuals from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. The last decade has witnessed a surge in awareness of the inherent challenges when applying forensic evaluation techniques to individuals from different cultures.
Indeed, the expectation that clinicians will maintain an adequate level of “cultural considerations” in both clinical practice and research has never been greater. This training program incorporates the ever-growing research literature on culture and forensic Assessment and culminates in a number of guidelines for “best practices.” The training program begins with relevant background on the construct of “cultural co” and recent legal decisions that have addressed the importance of culturally appropriate Assessment techniques. The training program topics follow the timeline of a typical evaluation, with a review of issues and solutions that can be implemented prior to the evaluation begins, such as the role of pre-evaluation cultural research and adaptations to traditional procedures for eliciting consent. This is followed by a review of issues and recommendations for conducting the interview itself, including selection and training of translators, identifying culturally unique symptoms or behaviors, and interpretation of observed behaviors and reported symptoms. Finally, the training program focuses on decision-making regarding psychological testing and the interpretation of test results. Relevant ethical issues related to cross-cultural forensic assessment will be integrated throughout the training program, as appropriate. Case vignettes are injected throughout the training program to highlight relevant issues and techniques and elicit audience participation.
This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals
This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this program you will be able to:
Describe the principles of cultural competence in psychological evaluations
Describe forms of cultural biases that can impact forensic consultation
Describe steps necessary before evaluating individuals of diverse cultural background
Describe how to train and utilize interpreters in forensic assessment
Describe assessment and interview data in culturally diverse settings
Describe appropriate and inappropriate psychological tests that can be used with individuals of particular cultural backgrounds.
Describe ethical standards for their cross-cultural assessment practice
Barry Rosenfeld, PhD, ABPP
Barry Rosenfeld is a Professor of Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University. He is currently the President of the American Psychology-Law Society and past president of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. Dr. Rosenfeld has published more than 200 peer...
2. Importance of Culture
3. Clinical Evaluation
4. Working with Translators
5. Approaches to Assessment
6. Assessment of Feigning
7. Violence Risk Assessment
8. Concluding Thoughts
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